Plume
By Isabelle Simler
Juvenile Fiction, 2017
Reviewed by Penny Cunningham, Adult Services

Do you know a young child who loves watching wild birds, whether on a nature walk or looking out at the backyard bird feeder? In this book Plume, a curious black cat, watches birds with fascination.  Each bird has colorful feathers and when they are shed Plume likes to collect them all.  On each page is an illustration of a wild bird and the adjacent page has beautifully rendered drawings of the feathers unique to that bird. From birds as mundane as ducks to birds as exotic as the ibis, the graphics are simple yet rich in detail.  A perfect book for a budding ornithologist!

 

The Wanted
By Robert Crais
Adult Fiction, 2017
Reviewed by Susan Gamberg, Youth Services

Elvis Cole, private investigator is hired by single- mother Devon Connor to find out where her high school son Tyson has gotten all the cash and the Rolex watch that she found in his room.    Elvis soon discovers that Tyson and two other friends are responsible for some high-end burglaries.  It turns deadly when one of the teens is murdered and Tyson and his girlfriend disappear.   They stole something important from one victims house and the murderer is out to get it back no matter what.